UNWTO Guidelines for the Development of Gastronomy Tourism

Jul 04, 2019


UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center have drawn up a guide to provide a set of practical tools for national tourism administrations (NTAs) and destination management organizations (DMOs) that wish to develop gastronomy tourism.

This set of tools has been created to guide and support NTAs and DMOs and to facilitate their efforts to develop and manage any form of gastronomy tourism, especially during the initial phases of development of a gastronomy destination.

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer May 2019

Jun 26, 2019


The latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer from the World Tourism Organization shows that international tourism continued to grow over the first quarter of 2019. Though at a slower rate when compared with the last two years, the 4% increase registered in early 2019 is a very positive sign. The Middle East (+8%) and Asia and the Pacific (+6%) experienced the highest increase in international arrivals. Numbers in both Europe and Africa were up by 4%, and in the Americas growth was recorded at 3%.


Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies

Jun 25, 2019


Advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is essential if the sector is to contribute effectively to sustainable development. UNWTO expects international tourist arrivals to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, if not before. As the sector is growing faster than the world economy or international trade, the need to decouple its growth from the use of natural resources is of high importance. 


2018 EU-China Tourism Year - Actions and results

Jun 24, 2019


Agreed in 2016 by the Chinese Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission, the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY) was a unique opportunity to attract more Chinese travellers off the beaten path, stimulate European investment in China, and give extra impetus to EU-China visa facilitation (negotiation launched in May 2017) and air connectivity (Horizontal Agreement initialled in Dec 2017).

T he Year was implemented by the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry for Culture and Tourism.

Barcelona Declaration of Tourism and Cultural Heritage: “Better Places to Live Better Places to Visit”

Jun 01, 2019


2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Acknowledging the unique momentum of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, NECSTouR - the European Network of Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism - took the initiative to establish a Pan European Dialogue to foster greater synergy between tourism and cultural stakeholders.

Two key NECSTouR Events:

Manifesto for the European Elections 2019 by the EU Parliament Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development"

Apr 12, 2019


The Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" released a Manifesto listing the Intergroup’s policy priorities for the 2019-2024 mandate of the European Parliament: mitigating climate change, safeguarding biodiversity, boosting research and innovation, as well as addressing sustainable finance. All of them are connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will contribute to their achievement.